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The joy of righteousness Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Talking with my son recently – he works in the field of international development – we turned to the current phenomenon of young British men being drawn to fight for ISIS. I put forward a view I’d read in a recent article, that this could be seen as a form of narcissism, a means of gaining attention from a society¬†that marginalises them. My son suggested another view. It’s all about the joy of being right, he said, and everyone else being wrong. As soon as he said it, I found myself agreeing. It’s a much under-rated drive, this need to Read More

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Posted by Francesca Granata

October 5th 2015

Hello William, I'm italian and I'm writing a bachelor thesis about you and your works.I need your help: if you had to choose just one book, one film, and one play among those that you have written, what would they be? and why? Maybe the 3 that are more connected with your personal experience..

William Nicholson responded:

Very hard to choose. For my book I'd like to offer The Wind Singer, The Society of Others, and The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life, all very different, but all in their own ways full of me. If I must choose one I guess I'd choose the third, because it reflects my strongly held belief that everyone is good even when they're doing bad things. One film: I should say Shadowlands, but I'm going to say Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which I think is more important to the world. I'm very proud of this film, and I want it to stand as both a testament to Mandela and a concise explanation of just what it was he did that changed all the rules about oppressed people and their oppressors. One play: The Retreat from Moscow, which I'm now planning to make into a film, directed by myself. It's a fictionalised version of my parents and myself, at the time of my parents' marriage breakup. It's also my attempt to say many things about love and loss.

Posted by Christel Hein

September 25th 2015

Dear William Nicolson, I was born 1952 in east-germany (cold DDR) and I have studied in Berlin many years ago. My family and our friends all have studied in an University, are all democrates, deligent and stayd here in the east and we hoped it will be bether in further times for our children. Yesterday night I have seen the lat rest of the film "The March" and I could'nt sleep the whole night. I was very deep impressed and I think, that it's very important te present this film in the europaen tv and especially in the german tv BY DAY !! Now it's reallity. East-germany is not at all rich, there are a lot of Problems and the average of the People in the east always "hold them over water". They are over-depts, they have existence fear and are depressed ill, because of the corruption and the law pay - they get offers of a pay for the half smallest pay. This is the reallity, but now one does interest this and such a lot of other problems. The result today after 25 years in Germany is: Germany does not stand together, the government does not stand to his own People, the east is an edorado for the west, the east has no voice - the german unity is not real !!! The german unit is only a show for the world. The gouvernment does not sugsessful finshed the biggest problems in the last 25 years ! We ca'nt be pride of this. The Kanzlerin has said on here oath of office, that she will protect the country of demages - but she never do so! Today I must always think of Goethes " Germany - a winter fairy-tale" - do you know this !? Please, please, dear William Nicolson help that the film "The march" will present in the eavening-programm of german tv, so that every people can see it. And please use your connections for this. Sincerly Ch. Hein

William Nicholson responded:

I wish I could control tv policy in Germany, or even in the UK, but alas I can't. I'm just grateful that somehow you've been able to see this 25-year-old film, and that it meant something to you. What you tell me about the situation in East Germany is very interesting. I don't think we know very much about it over here. Thanks to you I'll look a little more closely at reports from East Germany in future.

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Past and current works


  • The Lovers of Amerherst
  • The Society of Others
  • The Secret Intensity of Everyday Life
  • All the Hopeful Lovers
  • The Golden Hour
  • Motherland
  • Reckless


  • The Windsinger
  • Slaves of the Mastery
  • Firesong
  • Seeker
  • Jango
  • Noman
  • Rich and Mad


  • Shadowlands
  • Gladiator
  • Mandela
  • Les Miserables
  • Firelight
  • Nell
  • Sarafina
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age


  • The Retreat from Moscow
  • Shadowlands
  • Katherine Howard